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gulf

[ guhlf ]SEE DEFINITION OF gulf
  • nounsea inlet
  • noundeep, gaping hole

Synonyms for gulf

  • basin
  • bay
  • bayou
  • bight
  • cove
  • firth
  • harbor
  • slough
  • sound
  • whirlpool
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Settlements have been established on the shores of the Gulf of Carpentaria.

The gulf which separates parents and children is one which the parents must cross.

As a matter of fact, we dig a gulf between the material and the spiritual which does not exist.

She passed listlessly out, and down the path toward the gulf.

For her sake—for your Fanny's sake—pause, like me, before the gulf swallow us.

Of a sudden she realized how wide had become the gulf between them now.

We can't be more than two or three hundred miles from the Gulf.

Note: This legend comes from Dschungschong, west of the gulf of Kiautschou.

Thee has made the gulf between us so wide that it cannot be crossed.

Do you know what trying to bridge such a gulf as this is like?

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., "profound depth;" geographic sense is c.1400; from Old French golf "a gulf, whirlpool," from Italian golfo "a gulf, a bay," from Late Latin colfos, from Greek kolpos "bay, gulf," earlier "trough between waves, fold of a garment," originally "bosom," the common notion being "curved shape," from PIE *kwelp- "to arch, to vault" (cf. Old English hwealf, a-hwielfan "to overwhelm"). Latin sinus underwent the same development, being used first for "bosom," later for "gulf." Replaced Old English sæ-earm. Figurative sense of "a wide interval" is from 1550s. The Gulf Stream (1775) takes its name from the Gulf of Mexico.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR GULF

abysm

noundeep hole
  • abyss
  • bottomless pit
  • chasm
  • depth
  • gorge
  • gulf

abyss

nounsomething very deep, usually a feature of land

bay

nounshoreline indentation
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